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Broadcaster accused of murder granted N2m bail

An Oyo State High Court  on Tuesday  granted bail to an Ibadan-based broadcaster, Oriyomi Hamzat,  and four others accused  of  the murder  of a teenager.

Justice M.I.  Sule granted  each defendant  bail in the sum of  N2 million  with two sureties in like sum.

Sule said one of the sureties must be a civil servant on Grade Level 14 while the other must be a business man.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN)  reports that the case was first heard at an Iyaganku Magistrates’  Court on Aug.  1.

It was, however, transferred to the high court as the magistrates’ court had  no jurisdiction to hear the case. .

Hamzat , 37;  Idowu Ibrahim , 27;  Mohammed Bashir, 31;  Taiwo Olaronke ,23;  and Yusuf  Toheeb Ajisafe, 23, were all arraigned  on a two-count charge of conspiracy and murder.

The Prosecutor, Insp Sunday Fatola,  told the court that the defendants  conspired  among themselves to commit murder.

Fatola alleged that  the defendants unlawfully  caused the death of one Peter, 17, by inflicting an injury on his head and body.

He said Peter, who  had been an inmate at a home owned by the  Make a Future Alive Initiative, an NGO   owned by Hamzat,  was found dead at the home.

Fatola said the alleged offences were   committed on July 21  at about 4. a.m.  at the home at Oremeji Agugu, Ibadan.

He said the offences  contravened  Sections  324 and 316 and were punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol .II, Laws of Oyo State,  2000.

The plea of  the defendants  was not taken by the court.

The Nation

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